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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Judge dismisses part of Apple ‘App Store’ claim against Amazon #thecircuit

Judge dismisses Apple complaint: A California judge dismissed part of an Apple complaint that claimed that Amazon’s use of the phrase “app store” could confuse users looking for Apple’s application marketplace.

According to a report from Bloomberg, U.S. District Judge Phillis Hamilton said that she did not find support for Apple’s assertion that Amazon’s decision to call its application marketplace its “Appstore” could be seen as false advertising. Apple has said that the phrase immediately makes people think of its own “App Store” and that Amazon’s name could be confusing.

New appointments: There have been some changes to the U.S. tech policy roster this week. The Senate confirmed William Baer, formerly of the Federal Trade Commission, to head the antitrust division of the Justice Department. Baer more recently chaired the antitrust division at Arnold & Porter.

Joshua Wright was also confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. He will serve on the Federal Trade Commission. Wright, a professor at George Mason University, has said he will recuse himself from cases involving Google for two years, due to conflicts of interest. Wright was the director of research at the International Center for Law and Economics, which received funding from Google in the past.

Federal Communications commissioner Mignon Clyburn was also confirmed by the Senate and will serve another term.

Avis acquires Zipcar: Car rental company Avis announced Wednesday that it is acquiring the car-sharing company Zipcar for $491 million, promising to boost Zipcar’s growth and make the service available in more areas.

“We see car sharing as highly complementary to traditional car rental,” said Avis Budget group chief executive officer and chairman Ronald L. Nelson, in a statement.

Zipcar, for its part, sent an e-mail to its users letting them know about the acquisition and saying that it also believes the deal will enable more people to use the service.

“Simply put, this is a major win for Zipsters around the world,” said Scott Griffith, the company’s chief executive officer and chairman.

Samsung required to reveal sales data: Samsung was ordered to reveal sales data as part of its patent infringement lawsuit with Apple, Bloomberg reported, The company will have to disclose sales figures for certain devices in a certain time frame, after making a bid to keep those figures secret for competitive reasons while it appeals a separate data sealing order.

On Tuesday in San Jose, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Samsung’s request to delay publishing some of the company’s per-unit profit data, the report said.

CTIA consolidates shows into one: CTIA, the wireless association, said that it will present one major conference, rather than its traditional two shows — one consumer and one enterprise -- annually.

"The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows,” said CTIA vice president and show director Rob Mesirow in a statement. He added that the new show’s timing will work well to preview devices before the holiday season.

The organization’s 2013 “super” show will take place in Las Vegas in September.

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